North Central College - Naperville, IL

Christina Lorenzo: an understanding of complexity

Christina Lorenzo: an understanding of complexity

Christina Lorenzo found that studying mathematics in Moscow for a semester presented some interesting challenges—both inside and outside the classroom. Her 15 weeks at the prestigious Mathematics in Moscow program at the Independent University of Moscow tested her abilities with classes in knot theory, complex analysis and topology (the study of surfaces). Outside of class, she was challenged by the Russian language and in December, temperatures that hit 20˚ F below zero for days on end. But nothing diminished her enthusiasm for this study abroad opportunity.

“Overall, the entire experience was fantastic,” Christina says. “The city is just so pretty and everything is convenient—you can take the Metro everywhere.” One high point was watching The Nutcracker performed at the Bolshoi Theater.

She was with a group of 19 students from the United States and Canada who were selected because they want to pursue research mathematics in the future. The graduate-level courses were taught in English and covered some tough lessons. “We formed study groups and the professors were very helpful to us,” Christina says. “It was very difficult but worth it because they pushed us to a new level.”

Christina plans to attend graduate school and earn a doctorate in mathematics.